Fan who Threw Banana at Adam Jones Comes Forward, Says it Wasn’t Racial

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It’s hard to gauge whether this guy is being genuine or not, but at the very least he came forward when he didn’t really have to.

According to a story by Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, Alexander Poulides, the San Francisco Giants fan who threw a banana in the direction of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, on Sunday, says his heart sank when he heard about the uproar generated by what he claims was an act of frustration.

“Oh, my god,” Poulides said. “I threw a banana on my way out.”

Poulides, 42, said he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and hurled it toward the field in disgust at the Giants near the end of a 10-2 loss at AT&T Park on Sunday. The banana apparently sailed toward Jones, who tweeted about the incident after the game.

Poulides contacted the Mercury News by email then phone call, to apologize and to stress that the incident wasn’t racially motivated in any way.

“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” the Northern California resident said. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”

The Giants organization, issued an apology to Jones today but couldn’t yet confirm if Poulides was the perpetrator.

To be fair to Mr. Poulides, I watched the game between the Giants and the Orioles yesterday, and I could understand how watching your team give up 10 unanswered runs in the final 4 innings could make you want to throw something.

No excuse for his actions though, sports fans have got to stop being prisoners of their emotions and starting exercising better judgement.